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John ​Ellwood

Professor Emeritus
John Ellwood is a Professor at the School of Public Health, where he focuses on financial management and public sector budgeting.
Phone: (510) 642-4512


John Ellwood is a Professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. Initially trained as a political scientist, John Ellwood has spent most of his career as a policy analyst. His scholarly interests are in three areas: public sector budgeting, the management of analytic staffs in a political environment, and the effects of recent changes in corporate laws and the market for corporate control on the relationship between corporations and their communities.

Ellwood is part of the faculty group at GSPP that concentrates on public and nonprofit management. His experience in this area is derived not only from his past teaching in schools of public policy but also from his experience teaching business-government management at Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck School of Business Administration and five years on the management staff of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Ellwood has served as a staff member of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and was a member of the original management team of the CBO, and served as the special assistant of its first director, Alice M. Rivlin.

His other professional activities include membership on the Policy Council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and service on several committees of the American Political Science Association. He has served as a consultant with a variety of U.S. government and state government agencies. He was the Research Director of the Public Policy Institute of California from 1995 through 1997.

Research Interests

  • Budget / Finance
  • Financial Management
  • Public Sector Budgeting

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